Shedding Light on the Catacombs of Rome

February 18, 2010

BBC News, Rome — Rome’s underground Christian, Jewish and pagan burial sites, the Catacombs, date back to the 2nd Century AD.

There are more than 40 of them stretching over 170km (105 miles).

But, until now, they have never been fully documented, their vast scale only recorded with handmade maps.

That is now changing, following a three-year project to create the first fully comprehensive three-dimensional image using laser scanners.

A team of 10 Austrian and Italian archaeologists, architects and computer scientists have started with the largest catacomb, Saint Domitilla, just outside the Italian capital.

Read the full article: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/02/shedding-light-on-catacombs-of-rome.html

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